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Thinking spatially, acting collaboratively : a GIS-based health decision support system for improving the collaborative health-planning practice

Gudes, Ori, Pathak, Virendra, Kendall, Elizabeth, & Yigitcanlar, Tan (2011) Thinking spatially, acting collaboratively : a GIS-based health decision support system for improving the collaborative health-planning practice. In Traver, Vicente, Fred, Ana, Filipe, Joaquim, & Gamboa, Hugo (Eds.) Proceedings of the HEALTHINF 2011 : International Conference on Health Informatics, SciTePress - Science and Technology Publications , Rome, pp. 148-155.

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Abstract

The field of collaborative health planning faces significant challenges due to the lack of effective information, systems and the absence of a framework to make informed decisions. These challenges have been magnified by the rise of the healthy cities movement, consequently, there have been more frequent calls for localised, collaborative and evidence-driven decision-making. Some studies in the past have reported that the use of decision support systems (DSS) for planning healthy cities may lead to: increase collaboration between stakeholders and the general public, improve the accuracy and quality of the decision-making processes and improve the availability of data and information for health decision-makers. These links have not yet been fully tested and only a handful of studies have evaluated the impact of DSS on stakeholders, policy-makers and health planners. This study suggests a framework for developing healthy cities and introduces an online Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based DSS for improving the collaborative health planning. It also presents preliminary findings of an ongoing case study conducted in the Logan-Beaudesert region of Queensland, Australia. These findings highlight the perceptions of decision-making prior to the implementation of the DSS intervention. Further, the findings help us to understand the potential role of the DSS to improve collaborative health planning practice.

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ID Code: 38372
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Spatial Health Decision Support Systems, Collaborative Health Planning, DSS, e-Health
ISBN: 9789898425348
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Health Informatics (080702)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 SciTePress - Science and Technology Publications.
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2010 09:38
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 01:08

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